Justice at Stake is pleased to announce that attorney Manuel “Manny” Medrano has joined its Board of Directors. Medrano is a former federal prosecutor and recipient of numerous honors related to his trial practice. He is also an Emmy and Golden Mike award-winning TV broadcast journalist. He has served as a judge pro tem, and currently is a partner at Medrano & Carlton, a white collar firm in Los Angeles.
Justice at Stake Director of Federal Affairs & Diversity Issues Praveen Fernandes released the following statement on the subject of judicial confirmations after filibuster reform.
In the face of politicized anti-retention efforts, Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justices used television advertisements to help keep their seats in what are generally considered low-key judicial races.
Justice at Stake is pleased to recognize an exceptional leader and a distinguished advocate with national awards for their work in Arizona. The awards, the first of their type given by Justice at Stake, will be presented Oct. 31 at a reception hosted by the firm Osborn Maledon at the University Club in Phoenix, AZ. Mark Harrison, chairman of the Justice at Stake Board of Directors, is a partner with the firm.
A new poll commissioned by Justice at Stake and the Brennan Center for Justice finds that an overwhelming number of voters believe campaign donations and other special interest spending on judicial elections have an influence on a judge’s decision on the bench. The findings were released at a National Press Club event highlighting a new report by the groups, The New Politics of Judicial Elections 2011-12: How New Waves of Special Interest Spending Raised the Stakes for Fair Courts.
A new report by Justice at Stake, the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, and the National Institute on Money in State Politics, provides a comprehensive look at 2011-2012 state Supreme Court elections. In the first full election cycle since Citizens United, an explosion of independent spending helped fuel the costliest election cycle for TV spending in judicial election history and posed grave new threats to fair and impartial justice in America.
Justice at Stake Executive Director Bert Brandenburg made the following statement today in response to an Ohio legislator’s recent call for the impeachment of a federal judge over a marriage ruling.
Today, Justice at Stake, along with 26 other nonpartisan groups that support fair courts and civil rights sent a letter urging Congress to provide proper resources for the federal judiciary.
Bert Brandenburg, executive director of Justice at Stake, issued the following statement in reaction to the Arizona Supreme Court’s ruling in Dobson v. State of Arizona.
Justice at Stake is pleased to announce that Mark Harrison, Chairman of the JAS Board of Directors, was presented with the second annual Charles Kettlewell Legal Ethics Advisor Award by the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL) at a reception on the evening of August 8, 2013.
A newly enacted Arizona law threatens to politicize the selection of top state judges and jeopardizes public trust in impartial courts, Justice at Stake warned in a legal brief urging the Arizona Supreme Court to strike down the law.
Justice at Stake and fellow partner organizations in the Fair Courts Litigation Task Force launch new website tracking legislation impacting the judicial system.
Justice at Stake issued the following statement announcing that former Florida state Sen. J. Alex Villalobos has joined its Board of Directors. Villalobos is a former Republican Majority Whip in the Florida House of Representatives and a former Republican Majority Leader in the Florida Senate.
Justice at Stake Acting Executive Director Liz Seaton issued a statement praising Maryland's movement towards greater diversity on the bench.
Justice at Stake Acting Executive Director Liz Seaton issued a statement on the selection process under way for a Kansas Court of Appeals judgeship under a new law passed this year.
Justice at Stake Acting Executive Director Liz Seaton issued a statement in response to the North Carolina House passage of a budget that effectively kills public financing for judicial elections, which mirrors the elimination of public financing in budgets passed by the Senate and proposed by the Governor,
In response to President Obama’s nomination of three new candidates for the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, Justice at Stake Director of Federal Affairs and Diversity Initiatives Praveen Fernandes issued the following statement.
Today, President Obama addressed an audience at the National Defense University and delivered a speech on national security and counterterrorism policy. Justice at State was encouraged by the President’s affirmation that the Constitution’s protections define us as a nation and do not disappear during times of war.
In response to today’s Senate confirmation of Sri Srinivasan to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, Justice at Stake Director of Federal Affairs and Diversity Initiatives Praveen Fernandes issued the following statement.
Justice at Stake Deputy Executive Director Liz Seaton issued the following statement regarding Texas, Missouri, and other states considering legislation to prosecute officials – including judges – who enforce federal firearms law.
Justice at Stake Executive Director Bert Brandenburg issued the following statement regarding Governor Earl Ray Tomblin’s support of HB2805—which enabled it to become state law on May 1—that makes public financing a permanent part of elections for West Virginia’s Supreme Court.
Justice at Stake Executive Director Bert Brandenburg reacted today to a proposal by Iowa legislators to slash pay for state Supreme Court justices involved in invalidating a ban on marriage for same-sex couples. Two state lawmakers have proposed a constitutional amendment to cut the justices’ pay by 85 percent. Brandenburg issued the following statement.
North Carolina Voters for Clean Elections (NCVCE) and Justice at Stake (JAS) today announced the launch of a collaborative effort dedicated to keeping North Carolina courts free of political and special-interest pressure by preserving the state’s public financing for judicial elections.
The Board of Directors of Justice at Stake is pleased and privileged to welcome retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, one of the nation’s leading voices for fair and impartial courts, as the organization’s first Honorary Chair. Justice O’Connor’s formal affiliation with JAS was announced today by JAS Board Chairman Mark Harrison.
Justice at Stake Executive Director Bert Brandenburg issued the following statement regarding the passage of HB2805 making public financing a permanent part of elections for West Virginia’s Supreme Court.